More educators may use classroom technology during the 2015-16 school year, according to a survey of 1,000 teachers. Four out of five teachers of kindergarten through eighth-grade students surveyed said they plan to increase technology use next year.
A bipartisan bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind is expected to be taken up by the US House of Representatives next week. This article features some of the provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A lack of competition for Internet services in rural areas means that some school districts are paying higher prices for slower service. One New Mexico school district is paying about $3,700 a month for services that most schools receive for about $550. "They just rake us over the coals," said Tim Angelus, the district’s technology director.
Publishing classroom books is a tradition, third-grade teacher Alycia Zimmerman writes in this blog post. Zimmerman suggests that teachers first focus on the content, then gather materials and publish the book digitally along with a physical copy for the classroom. "The student-authored book basket is a favorite in my class library," she writes.
Teachers can boost creativity in math by encouraging students to ask questions, make observations and engage in unique problem-solving skills, say the experts commenting in this article. Ideas suggested include taking photographs of objects assembled to represent numbers, followed by discussions about the math observed in the artistic images.
Some educators and librarians say reading aloud to older students helps develop listening and literacy skills while fueling interest reading for pleasure. One New York high-school teacher uses read-alouds to gauge students' comprehension. A Connecticut fifth-grade teacher reads the first in a series of novels to entice students to read the rest of the series on their own.
Students at a Nebraska high school gained confidence in their writing as they rose to the challenge of writing 30,000 words for National Novel Writing Month, asserts English teacher Josh Clark. In the three years since he began having his senior students participate in the event, Clark says he has noticed improvements in students' longer academic papers as well as their reading and writing ACT scores.
Maryland teacher Brendan Gallagher has designed a lesson to help students view World War II history through the eyes of an American medic treating injured military personnel. During the lesson, a student is chosen to play a medical officer, who must figure out how to treat injuries that have been assigned to other students. Gallagher was among 18 teachers who developed lessons based on the experiences of real WWII soldiers as part of National History Day and the American Battle Monuments Commission's Understanding Sacrifice program.
A Washington state high school this year added hands-on classes, including robotics and manufacturing technology, to pique student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Officials said the classes stress real-world relevance and problem-solving and have brought opportunities for collaboration among teachers from other schools with similar programs.
Students' attitudes about academic capabilities may be a top obstacle to learning math, asserts Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler. "There's a widespread myth that some people are math people and some people are not," Boaler said. "But it turns out there's no such thing as a math brain."
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